Cardinals GM Steve Keim said of Dockett: “We have been very clear about our feelings for Darnell and our desire to have him back.”
Ian Rapoport mentions that Dockett will now be able to test the open market, but there is still a chance he could be back in Arizona next year.
The Cardinals were reportedly trying to work out an agreement on a restructured deal with Dockett, but it sounds like they’ve decide to take the cap savings and move on.
Dockett, 33, still has one year remaining on his six-year, $56 million contract that included $30 million guaranteed. He stands to make a base salary of $6.55 million for the 2015 season.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Dockett would free up $6.8 million in available cap space for the Cardinals while creating $3 million dead money.
Dockett’s 2014 season lost to a torn ACL and MCL that he sustained during a preseason practice back in August.
In 2013, Dockett recorded 46 tackles and 4.5 sacks over the course of 16 games for the Cardinals. That year, Pro Football Focus rated him as the No. 30 defensive end in a 3-4 defense out of 45 qualifying players.
We’ll have updates posted as the news is available.